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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values…

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Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China by Judith Stacey

"In her new book. Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Westem China, Judith Stacey invites the reader to, in her words, "...travel light, leaving behind as much cultural baggage as possible" while exploring the world of family diversity. In it, Stacey draws upon her considerable expertise as a family scholar to explore and combat, many western assumptions about the importance of traditional, heterosexual, monogamous marriage. Along the way she acts as engaging tour guide, leading us through a variety of somewhat new (as well as very old) family types.

While Stacey is clear she believes that strong, happy families can come in many forms, she challenges Focus on the Family and feminists alike in in her continual pursuit to demonstrate that no one person, group, or society should have the power to decide what type of family is best for all.us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human."

Miller, Amanda J. "Unhitched: Love, Marriage, And Family Values From West Hollywood To Western China." Journal Of Comparative Family Studies 43.6 (2012): 994-945. Academic Search Complete. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.

This book will be shelved at HQ75.27 .S73 2011 once it is no longer a new book.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

"Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human."

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This book will be shelved at QE721.2 .E97 K65 2014, with other books on paleontology, once it is no longer a "New Book."

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Masters of the Word

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Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History from the Alphabet to the Internet by William J. Bernstein

"This sweeping, although selective, historical narrative by award-winning financial historian Bernstein elucidates in highly readable fashion the role of ‘media’—in which he includes advances from ancient alphabets to movable type to twenty-first-century technology—in shaping civilization and determining democratic versus despotic tendencies. Bernstein's thesis that 'power accruesto the literate' should not be taken simplistically; his larger arguments are learned and elegantly made. … His occasional invocation of modern phenomena in a nonmodern context … lend charm and clarity to what might have otherwise been dauntingly erudite. Instead, Bernstein offers an accessible, quite enjoyable, and highly informative read that will hold surprises even for those familiar with some of the history he covers."

Levine, Mark. "Masters Of The Word: How Media Shaped History." Booklist 109.14 (2013): 32. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 16 Sept. 2014.

This book will be shelved at P90 .B43 2013 with other books on communication once it is not a new book.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall

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Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall by Will Ellsworth-Jones

"British journalist Ellsworth-Jones (We Will Not Fight…) here profiles the elusive Banksy, a street artist who fiercely defends what's left of his anonymity and credentials as an outsider. Ellsworth-Jones does a superb job of threading his way through the fascinating world of street and outsider art, asking all the important questions that arise when the art world, social commentary, questions of what is public vs. private, and – most important — commerce, collide.

What does it tell us about the state of the art world when a self-proclaimed vandal and prankster who became famous for stenciling on public walls and surreptitiously adding his own work to famous museums, suddenly commands six figures for his work, produces an Oscar-nominated documentary about an eccentric camera buff (who originally claimed to be making a documentary about him), and needs a sophisticated organization to protect and provide authentication for pieces previously regarded as defacement of public property? Banksy's work is competent, clever, thought-provoking, and accessible.

VERDICT A fluent, enjoyable discussion of an important contemporary cultural phenomenon; this book will appeal especially to readers who are fans of Banksy's work and is an essential title for devotees of pop culture and outsider art."

Woodhouse, Mark. "Banksy: The Man Behind The Wall." Library Journal 138.1 (2013): 86. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 4 Sept. 2014.

This book will be shelved at GT3913.43 .B36 2013, with other books on graffiti, once it is no longer a "New Book.

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